Supporting members during the COVID-19 crisis

March 24, 2020

There’s no question that during the current COVID-19 crisis life for physicians has changed drastically. Each day, we hear from members who are going above and beyond to care for their patients and slow the spread of the virus. Please know that the Association and our over 50 physician advisors are here for you, and we empathize with you as you face this unprecedented situation. We appreciate your incredible efforts, and we recognize the stress the physician community is under.

We know that many of you are practising with scant resources. You are having to make decisions about cancelling or rescheduling routine care. You are concerned about the lack of access to appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE), and many of you are suddenly having to navigate virtual care. We know that many of you are also concerned about potential medical-legal issues arising from these difficult decisions and situations.

We hear you, and we understand your concerns. While we do not have all the answers, please know the CMPA will be there to assist you should medical-legal issues arise from the medical care you are providing during this pandemic.

Last week, we launched the CMPA COVID-19 Hub to provide you with up-to-date medical-legal information, advice and support. We are monitoring your questions daily and we are updating and adding to the Hub as regularly as possible to respond to your concerns like the ones above. We will aim to provide clarity during this uncertain time. Moving forward, we will continue to work on the answers you are seeking.

I encourage all of you to visit the Hub when you can, and continue to contact the CMPA to let us know how we can best support you during this time.

On behalf of the CMPA, thank you to all our members for your tremendous and tireless efforts to fight COVID-19 and to care for patients across Canada.

Sincerely,

Dr. Debra E. Boyce
CMPA President

For more information specific to the COVID-19 pandemic, see the CMPA COVID-19 Hub